Parsnip boost in October?

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Kleftiwallah

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Parsnip boost in October?
« on: October 06, 2019, 16:45 »
Good afternoon everyone, does anyone know of a feed that I can give to the parsnips for a bit of a boost for size and flavour?

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Re: Parsnip boost in October?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 10:34 »
Unless you were very late getting them started they should be starting to think about dying back now, but a liquid tomato feed might help them bulk up a bit more (don't use a high nitrogen feed - that would encourage more leaf growth, possibly at the expense of the roots.)
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Re: Parsnip boost in October?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2019, 16:56 »
Unless you were very late getting them started they should be starting to think about dying back now, but a liquid tomato feed might help them bulk up a bit more (don't use a high nitrogen feed - that would encourage more leaf growth, possibly at the expense of the roots.)

Dying back by now? Parsnips are sweeter after they have been subject to frost d(as far as I am aware) so they should be still growing! I expect to be digging up parsnips into January at the earliest. ??????

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Re: Parsnip boost in October?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2019, 17:12 »
Many thanks for that info,. the parsnips have got a bit leggy and after taking down the netting (also from the black kale) the stems are a bit thin so I'll support them 'till Christmas.

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Re: Parsnip boost in October?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2019, 19:30 »
Unless you were very late getting them started they should be starting to think about dying back now, but a liquid tomato feed might help them bulk up a bit more (don't use a high nitrogen feed - that would encourage more leaf growth, possibly at the expense of the roots.)

Dying back by now? Parsnips are sweeter after they have been subject to frost d(as far as I am aware) so they should be still growing! I expect to be digging up parsnips into January at the earliest. ??????

Quite right, i will keep mine going for a few months, not going to pull any for another couple of weeks, they'll provide a nice late winter root veg after the carrots have been used up.

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Re: Parsnip boost in October?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2019, 15:38 »
I'll dig one of mine up and point it in your direction, I've grown some long ones this year; they ought to stretch all the way to north Wiltshire from Birmingham. Grab the end and pull.

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Re: Parsnip boost in October?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2019, 17:05 »
I find that as Autumn progresses that the foliage starts to get straggly & I tidy them away to prevent slugs hid8ng in there but I leave the parsnips in the ground to continue their growth & get frosted, I sometimes get a few up if bad weather is forecast as a couple of years Iíve been caught out by very heavy frosts & not been able to get any up for Christmas dinner, shock horror, & had to resort to buying some. Some on our allotments dig tgem all up late October/November & freeze them just so they can clear their plots. I suppose it doesnít  do for us all to be the same 😂
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